Here's a list of five popular types of sofas you can consider getting for your living room. It's important to know the proper names, to simplify your search for the one that suits the look of your home!



Known for its quilted style, this 19th-century English design is traditionally upholstered in deep brown or tan leather, and features rolled arms, a deep seat and wooden feet. Often associated with old-school drawing rooms and libraries, it has a “preppy” look.

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Poltrona Frau Chester One, from Proof Living, and Caracole Just Chester, from Taylor B.



This has a distinctive backrest comprised of removable pillows separate from the sofa frame, and arms that are lower than the back. It’s usually upholstered in fabric and layered with large cushions.

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Conde House Wing Lux sofa, from Grafunkt, and Century sofa, from Taylor B.



With ties to Modernism and the1920s, this style is defined by a frame with arms and back of equal height. It cuts a low rectilinear profile, with elegant proportions.

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De La Espada Box sofa, from Dream Interiors, and Gus Atwood sofa, from Journey East




Characterised by an often ornately carved, continuous rounded frame, and upholstered in luxurious fabrics, this style became popular during the 18th century.

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B&B Italia Maxalto Crono sofa, from Space, and Art Furniture Mitchell sofa, from Taylor B.




A multi-piece modular sofa that can be configured, but two common ones are L-shape and U-shape. It combines separate units, including armless seats, corner units, ottomans and chaise units.

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Eilersen Block sofa, from Danish Design, and Sectional sofa, from Taylor B.